Well, i hope you're well and truly excited about the start of this Sunday's FIRST EVER Watford Present : Tense - we certainly are! We have a fantastic group of artists ready and raring to go, all eager to know what story they will be responding to.

Here are some of the artists forming our fantastic teams:

Kenneth Emson - Writer

Kenneth Emson is an award winning playwright based in the Eastern region. His work has been performed extensively throughout the his home region, London and Internationally. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Group and has gone on to take part in their Invitation and Super Group attachments. He has worked with the National Theatre Studio and Paines Plough on Invitation only workshops. In 2009 he was the UK writer for the Old Vic US/UK Exchange programme where his new play SONDERKOMMANDO was given a week's development and a public reading, this play then featured at this year's High Tide Festival in Halesworth. He was the recipient of the 2010 Adopt A Playwright Award which funded the development of his new play WHITE, and has recently been announced as one of the BBC Writersroom 10, with the Old Vic as his partner theatre. He is currently shortlisted for the BBC Writer's Academy, under commission to Eastern Angles and is developing a  piece with So and So Circus. This is his second Present Tense, he still has the grey hair from the last one.

Joel Horwood - Writer

MIKEY THE PIKEY (The Pleasance, Cameron Mackintosh Award), FOOD (Traverse Theatre, Fringe First award-winner), STOOPUD FUCKEN ANIMALS (Traverse Theatre), I CAUGHT CRABS IN WALBERSWICK (The Bush Theatre and national tour), ALL THE LITTLE THINGS WE CRUSHED (The Almeida Theatre), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Lyric Theatre), DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT (Lyric Theatre), THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (West Yorkshire Playhouse), IS EVERYONE OK? (Nabokov, International tour). 

Joel’s work for screen includes SKINS (Company Pictures), original series commissions FIRING BLANKS (Cowboy and Channel 4) and FISH (Rise).  His radio work includes an adaptation of Radiohead’s album OK COMPUTER (BBC Radio 4).

Beckie Mills - Director

Beckie studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and Cambridge University.

Her work as Director includes: Love on the Dole (Finborough), I Was a Beautiful Day (Finborough and Tron); Alban (Opera World Premiere, St Albans Cathedral & St Alban the Martyr, Holborn) ESOL Stories (Hampstead Theatre, Michael Frayn Space), The Comedy of Errors Remixed (RSC Learning); Practice (RSC Projects/Young Vic); Heath/Cliff (RSC Projects), Platform 9 (Almeida Projects), Cabaret, Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich (Bristol Old Vic); Over the Edge (Bristol Zoo Gardens); The End of the World as We Know It (Lightship John Sebastian for Bristol Old Vic); Write Here Write Now (Bristol Old Vic Studio); The Melancholy Hussar (King’s Head and Etcetera) and Cahoot’s Macbeth (King’s Head).

She was Resident Assistant Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008–2009, and is now an Associate Education Practitioner. Her work as Assistant Director includes: The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Don John (RSC and Kneehigh), Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour); and Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour dir. Adrian Noble).

Beckie grew up just down the road from Watford Palace, and spent three years as a member of the Youth Theatre, performing in shows including The Mahabarata, Animal Farm, and The Wasps.

She is currently a visiting lecturer at Mountview Theatre School and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Adam Taylor - Writer

Adam Taylor is a playwright from Watford. He has a degree in English with Film Studies from King's College London and a Masters degree in Text and Performance from King's and RADA. He gained a place on Paines Plough's Future Perfect 2009 and subsequently has had work shown at  Soho Theatre, The Unicorn, North Wall Oxford, the Latitude Festival and the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Adam also performed a monologue for Paines Plough's Come to Where I'm From at Watford Palace Theatre. He is a member of comedy collective Bubble and Squeak with whom he has written and performed work at The Hen and Chickens in Islington. Recently he wrote The Gambler in collaboration with Theatre Re which was shown as part of The Accidental Festival at the Roundhouse Camden. When he is not writing plays Adam produces his own hip hop/rap music and performs spoken word poetry.

Mahlon Prince

Mahlon Prince is the Creative Director of Daydreamer. He trained at the Royal Court and the Central School of Speech and Drama. His productions with Daydreamer include Arden City (National Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/Trestle Artsbase); Romeo and Juliet (Gordon Craig Theatre); Bottom Line Accounting (Southwark Playhouse); Consequences (Colosseum); Dominoes Falling and Age of Promise: Dragon’s Creed (Watford Palace Theatre). His freelance work as writer/director/performer includes Windrush (Watford Palace Theatre); The Cultural Alphabet (Broadway Theatre, Barking); Hood Up/Hood Down (The Junction, Cambridge) and Torn (Theatre Royal, Haymarket).


Don't forget to book your tickets (only 20 minutes from Euston!):

Sunday 19 June 2011 // 8:00pm
Watford Palace Theatre // 20 Clarendon Road // Watford // WD17 1JZ
Tickets // £10 /